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Lake Placid Institute announces student photography, poetry contest winners

Dominick Ruggiero from the King’s School received Recognition of Excellence for his photo “The Gateway.” (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Institute on April 14 announced the winners of its 24 Hours Photography Contest, and well as its Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest.

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This year, the institute received 58 submissions from 29 students from 10 schools.

Jessica Qiao (grade 9, North Country School) received first place for her photo, “Liveliness.” (Photo provided)

Jessica Qiao (grade 9, North Country School) received first place for her photo, “Liveliness.”

Griffin Smith (grade 12, Saranac Lake High School) won second place for “Snowy Trees.”

Two students tied for third place: Karis Hudson (grade 11, Lake Placid High School) for “Komorebi” and Jordan Hoag (grade 12, Tupper Lake High School) for “Good Day Sunshine.”

Two photographers received honorable mention: Kailey Kipping (grade 11, Saranac Lake High School) for “American Dagger Moth Caterpillar” and Brooklyn Mayberry (grade 11, Lake Placid High School) for “Waxing Gibbous.”

Dominick Ruggiero from the King’s School received Recognition of Excellence for his photo “The Gateway.”

Griffin Smith (grade 12, Saranac Lake High School) won second place for “Snowy Trees.” (Photo provided)

Eight photos were named as favorites by the Lake Placid Institute’s board of directors.

The 15 selected photos have been published in a booklet, along with the photographers’ essays, describing their vision and inspiration. An April reception and award ceremony at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, the photos will be exhibited in the Lake Placid area during the summer or fall. In the meantime, the photos are on display on the Lake Placid Institute’s Facebook page and website (lakeplacidinstitute.org).

“24 Hours: A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks” is an annual contest open to all high school students in the Adirondack region. Submissions may be color or black-and-white and must be shot within the Adirondacks, but there are no restrictions on subject matter.

This year’s contest was judged by Sarah Sweeney, associate professor of art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. “I really enjoyed doing this,” said Sarah. “It reminded me how much I enjoyed photography in high school.”

Jordan Hoag (grade 12, Tupper Lake High School) tied for third place for “Good Day Sunshine.” (Photo provided)

Poetry

Also in April, National Poetry Month, the Institute held its 22nd annual Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest, open to all students in grades 1 to 12 living or studying in the Adirondack region. Students are invited to submit original poems of any length, form or theme. This year the Institute received 200 submissions, which were judged by the Poetry Group of Saranac Lake.

The judges selected several poems of special merit from each grade level, which have been published in a booklet entitled “Words from the Woods.” In past years, the young poets read their work at an award ceremony held at the Hotel North Woods in Lake Placid. This year’s award ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic.

Karis Hudson (grade 11, Lake Placid High School) tied for third place for “Komorebi.” (Photo provided)

Kailey Kipping (grade 11, Saranac Lake High School) received honorable mention for “American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.” (Photo provided)

Brooklyn Mayberry (grade 11, Lake Placid High School) received honorable mention for “Waxing Gibbous.” (Photo provided)

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